Join CGM

One of the main goals of CGM is to unite the interdisciplinary faculty at the University of Utah working in genetics and genomics. Together, our faculty are harnessing the power of family-based genomics to prevent and cure disease in Utah and beyond.

Why Join? By joining, CGM faculty can apply for seed funding and access resources to support genetic discovery and genomic medicine.

How to Join? To join CGM, please complete our brief application survey. Note that you will be asked to upload a current version of your CV.

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Fred Adler, PhD

Research Areas: Link information from genomic medicine with mechanistic mathematical models, with a particular focus on cancer, host-virus interactions, and cystic fibrosis

laith Al-Rabadi, MD

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Lisa Albright, PhD

Research Areas: Directs high-risk pedigree studies to identify predisposing genes for prostate, colon, breast, and lung cancer, as well as melanoma, Alzheimers, and Parkinsons.

Kristina Allen-Brady, PhD

Research Areas: Pelvic organ prolapse

Orly Alter, PhD

Research Areas: genetics, mathematics, physics, artificial intelligence, data science, machine learning

Lisa Aspinwall, PhD

Research Areas: genetic risk communication, genetic testing outcomes, and health cognitions, prevention behaviors

Kenneth (Ki) Aston, PhD

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Pinar Bayrak-Toydemir, MD, PhD

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Tabitha Benney, PhD

Research Areas: Air quality, minorities, health disparities, policy

Hunter Best, PhD

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Anne Blaschke-Bonkowsky, MD, PhD

Research Areas: comparative bacterial genomics, diagnostics, genetic determinants of bacterial virulence

Marco Bortolato, MD, PhD

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Nathan Blue, MD

Research Areas: Genetic variation between the fetus and placenta and within the placenta in placental insufficiency

Josh Bonkowsky, MD, PhD

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Jeffrey Botkin, MD, MPH

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Lorenzo Botto, MD

Research Areas: Undiagnosed and rare diseases, bone diseases (skeletal dysplasias), metabolic disorders, risk factors and prevention of congenital anomalies

Adam Bress, PharmD, MS

Research Areas: Pharmacogenetics / Genetic ancestry / racial differences in health outcomes and drug responses

Diana Brixner, RPh, PhD, FAMCP

Research Areas: Genomic risk for drug interactions

Luca Brunelli, MD, PhD

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Russell Butterfield, MD, PhD

Research Areas: gene therapy, genetic modifiers, gene discovery, muscular dystrophy, clinical trials

Nicola Camp, PhD

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Meghan Candee, MD, MS

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Douglas Carrell, PhD

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Samuel Cheshier, MD, PhD

Research Areas: Group 3 medulloblastoma, Notch1, malignant pediatric brain tumors, single-cell RNA sequencing, Gene expression, drug screen

Clement Chow, PhD

Research Areas: Animal models, rare disease, precision medicine, drug discovery, genomic medicine

Jessica Cohan, MS, MAS

Research Areas: characterize genetic contributions to the development and severity of diverticulitis with the long-term goal of using precision medicine for the prevention and treatment of patients with diverticulitis

Jorge Contreras, JD

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Hilary Coon, PhD

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David Crockett, PhD

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Karen Curtin, PhD

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Michael Deininger, MD, PhD

Research Areas: Tyrosine kinase inhibitors for the treatment of chronic myeloid leukemia / BCR-ABL1 kinase domain mutations / clonal cytogenetic abnormalities in Philadelphia chromosome negative cells / somatic mutation spectrum of chronic myelomonocytic leukemia (CMML)/ clonal dynamics in CMML

Karin Dent, MS

Research Areas: Genetic counseling, genetic counseling education, genetic counseling research, genetic counseling and precision medicine

Willard Dere, MD, FACP

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Emily DiBlasi, PhD

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Matthew Dietz, DO, MSEd

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Jennifer Doherty, MS, PhD

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Bruce Edgar, PhD

Research Areas: cell proliferation, cell growth, Drosophila, intestine, stem cells, colon cancer

Karen Eilbeck, PhD

Research Areas: Informatics, knowledge representation and genomics / standards development / genomic annotation and variant interpretation

Lyska Emerson, MD

Research Areas: Genomic instability, impact on cancer susceptibility

Justin English, PhD

Bingjian Feng, PhD

Research Areas: Disease gene hunting, disease risk prediction, pathogenicity classification of genetic variants, and the development of novel diagnostic tests using genomic information

James Gagnon, PhD

Research Areas: CRISPR genome editing and single-cell RNA sequencing as transformative technologies for studying healthy development and disease progression in model organisms

Jay Gertz, PhD

Research Areas: Gene regulation defects in cancer. We use genomic approaches to answer questions about how aberrant gene expression occurs and to discover treatment response biomarkers

Jeremy Gililland, MD

Research Areas: genetic discovery, diagnostics, familial risk, post-operative infection

Jason Glotzbach, MD

Research Areas: genetic causes of aortic disease

Christopher Gregg, PhD

Research Areas: epigenetics, genomics, behavior, metabolic disease, alzheimer's, mental illness, cancer

David Grunwald, PhD

Research Areas: Methods to precisely modify the zebrafish genome; Transcription regulation of the stem cell state; discovery of genes and pathways that confer susceptibility to osteoarthritis 

Stephen Guthery, MD

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Heidi Hanson, PhD, MS

Research Areas: Incorporate genealogical data with environmental exposures and cutting-edge genomic and multi-omic methodologies. Advance gene-environment research and translate epidemiological findings to clinical practice. Cancer prevention, early detection, and improved cancer diagnosis

Sheetal Hardikar, MBBS, PhD, MPH

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Amy Hawkins, PhD

Research Areas: genetics education, undergraduate medical education, personalized medicine, science communication

Avery Holton, PhD

Research Areas: journalism, social media, identity, genetics, genetic testing

Jim Hotaling, MD, MS

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Kelly Hughes, PhD

Research Areas: genetic code, base modifications, codon context

Peter Jensen, MD

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Erica Johnstone, MD

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Lynn Jorde, PhD

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Mick Jurynec, PhD

Research Areas: Genetic discovery, familial genetics, and functional analyses

Priyanka Kanth, MD

Research Areas: Genetic discovery, diagnostics

Kimberly Kaphingst, DcD

Research Areas: cancer genomics, communication, return of results, patient outcomes, ELSI

Gabrielle Kardon, PhD

Research Areas: muscle, regeneration, congenital diaphragmatic hernias (CDH)

Nikolas Kazmers, MD, MSE

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Kibum Kim, PhD

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Sara Knight, PhD

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Wendy Kohlmann, MS

Research Areas: genetic counseling, return of incidental finding, public health genomics

Julie R. Korenberg, MD, PhD

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Kent Lai, PhD

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Ellen Lefler, PhD

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Nichole Link, PhD

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Nicola Longo, MD, PhD

Research Areas: Metabolic disorders / Clinical genomics / Fatty acid oxidation disorders / Clinical trials for genetic disorders

Yves Lussier, MD

Research Areas: Personal Genomics, Translational Bioinformatics, Computational Precision Medicine, Network Medicine


Sabrina Malone-Jenkins, MD

Rong Mao, MD

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Gabor Marth, DSc

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Clint Mason, PhD

Research Areas: Genomic Analysis, Cancer Genetics, Pre-cancer Surveillance, Clonal Hematopoiesis of Indeterminate Potential, Pediatric Cancers, Statistics/Study Design

Gwendolyn McMillin, PhD

Research Areas: Pharmacogenetics

Daniel Mendoza, PhD

Research Areas: Air Quality, Environmental Justice, Health Disparities, Enactable Policy, Urban Planning

Charles Murtaugh, PhD

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Deborah Neklason, PhD

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Betsy Ostrander, MD

Research Areas: neonatal encephalopathy, neonatal epilepsy, neonatal neurology

Laura Pace, MD, PhD

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Alexander Pastuszak, MD, PhD

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Angela Peron, MD

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Randall Peterson, PhD

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Kathryn Peterson, MD, MSCI

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Marcus Pezzolesi, PhD, MPH

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Nitin Phadnis, PhD

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Mary Playdon, PhD

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Josef Prchal, MD

Research Areas: Molecular Basis of Hematological Diseases and Genomic Signatures of Hypoxia Adaptation

Stefan Pulst, MD

Research Areas: genetic discovery, animal models, gene-based therapy, autophagy, clinical genetic diagnosis

Aaron Quinlan, PhD

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Scott (Noel) Reading, PhD

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Christopher Reilly, PhD

Research Areas: Asthma genomics, CYP P450 genomics, SNP discovery and characterization, air pollution hyper-sensitivity, pharmacogenomics

Aylin Rodan, MD, PhD

Research Areas: Genetic discovery, Model organisms (Drosophila), Inherited disease

Michael Rollins, MD

Research Areas: Clinical genomics, genetic discovery, Hirschsprung disease

Matthew Rondina, MD

Research Areas: Platelets, Gene Editing, CRISPR/Cas9, Human Genetics, Inflammation

Erin Rothwell, PhD

Research Areas: Bioethics, informed consent, population screening, biobanking, prenatal genetic

Joshua Schiffman, MD, MSCI

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Amnon Schlegel, MD, PhD

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Eric Schmidt, PhD

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Mary Beth Scholand, MD

Craig Selzman, MD

Research Areas: cardiovascular genomics, genomic determinants of myocardial disease and heart failure

Michael Shapiro, PhD

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Alex Shcheglovitov, PhD

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Ken Smith, PhD

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Joseph Stanford, MD, MSPH

Research Areas: cohort studies, longitudinal family studies, epidemiology

Louisa Stark, PhD

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Deborah Stephens, DO

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Scott Summers, PhD

Research Areas: genetic discovery; nutrigenomics; genetics of diabetes 

Sean Tavtigian, PhD

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Craig Teerlink, PhD

Research Areas: high-risk pedigrees, genomic analysis, genetic association, family-based designs, haplotype analysis

Carrie Torr, MD

Research Areas: Neonatal genomic testing, bioethics, parental consent

Martin Tristani-Firouzi, MD

Research Areas: Clinical genomics, genetic discovery, precision medicine, functional analysis

K-T Varley, PhD

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Michael Varner, MD

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David Viskochil, MD, PhD

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Adam Ware, MD

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Robert Weiss, PhD

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Melodie Weller, PhD

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Alana Welm, PhD

Research Areas: breast cancer, precision medicine, metastasis

Bryan Welm, PhD

Research Areas: breast cancer, cancer genomics, precision oncology, patient-derived models, translational research, clinical trials

Corrine Welt, MD

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Omar Wever-Pinzon, MD

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Megan Williams, PhD

Research Areas: mental health, synapses, circuits, autism, molecular neuroscience

Whitney Wooderchak-Donahue, PhD

Research Areas: Vascular anomalies, pharmacogenomics, diagnostics, genetic discovery

Tsegaselassie Workalemahu, PhD, MSc

Research Areas: Population genomics, Epigenetics, Gene-Environment Interactions, Clinical Genomics, Multi-Omics

Mark Yandell, PhD

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Jun Yang, PhD

Research Areas: genetic disease mechanism and treatment, retinal degeneration, hearing loss

Venkata Yellepeddi, PhD, RPh

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H. Joseph Yost, PhD

Research Areas: cardiovascular genomics, zebrafish genetics, Genomics Summer Research for Minorities